OUR SAY: Driving us batty and it gets worse
NEWS that our battles to get rid of flying fox colonies are a waste of time is devastating for anyone who has a colony living near them.
But it is also bad news for the community in general because the animals could just as easily make their home in any suitable piece of bush anywhere on the Coast.
It could be right next door to you.
And apparently once they take up residence, there's nothing much we can do.
They will just keep returning to the best source of food.
But flying fox expert Dr Les Hall is being less than kind when he suggests one solution is to go on holidays until the flying foxes leave.
Surely in this day and age, when we can send space ships to Mars and make cars that can reverse park by themselves, we can find a way to outsmart some flying foxes.
Planting food sources in remote areas is a good idea but won't solve our immediate problem.
In no way do we condone harming them but only someone who has never had to put up with the noise and smell of a colony of flying foxes next door could suggest that we simply "put up with them".